Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever." The evening's host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon's first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.
As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch's precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.
Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain's Royal Palace itself... and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch's shocking discovery... and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.
I enjoyed this book a lot! It's different from the other books, there's not a lot of reliance on his art knowledge, he's more in the book because of his friendship with Kirsch. But he's also gotten pretty used to solving mysteries and escaping threatening situations, so that helps!
As always, there were a number of threads going on, with different narrations. And the short chapters made for quick, intense reading. I think one of my favourite plot lines was actually with the Prince, and those around him. They weren't the most important, but they were about history, and that was great to read!
There were two main parts of Kirsch's video. The first, where we came from, which was pretty cool, a bit of order to have chaos. And where we're going, with technology, yeah, I can see why the religious dudes panicked a bit, since Edward didn't tell them the whole story!
I really only have one complaint. And that's that we didn't get an update from the events of the previous book. I mean, the population going down that severely? It should've happened, at least a bit before they found a cure, and I would've loved to get some more information there. But nothing!
Really enjoyed this book, it was a great read, and I would enjoy having more!
Author: Dan Brown
Series: Robert Langdon #5
Read: October 7th, 2018
Reason Why: I enjoy his writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Published: October 3rd 2017